Bernhard Ebbinghaus

As of January 2022, Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Professor of Sociology, Chair of Macrosociology, University of Mannheim, returning to his professorship after five years at Oxford. He was Professor of Social Policy and Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College at University of Oxford from January 2017 until December 2021. From October 2017 until December 2020, Prof Ebbinghaus was Head of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) at University of Oxford. In addition, he is currently Associate Member of Nuffield College and Associate Fellow at DSPI, University of Oxford. In January 2023 he is Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor at University of Vienna.

He has been visiting Mercator Fellow (2018-21) at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 884) Political Economy of Reform and MZES External Fellow, University of Mannheim. In 2021 Prof Ebbinghaus was on sabbatical, working on the projects at University of Mannheim and visiting as OxPo Fellow the European research centre (CEE) at Sciences Po Paris. Since November 2021 Professor Ebbinghaus is member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on the future of social protection and of the welfare state in the EU, which will present its report in February 2023.  

Professor Ebbinghaus holds a PhD in social and political sciences from European University Institute (EUI, 1993), a Habilitation (2003) in sociology from University of Cologne, he initially studied for a Master (Diplom, 1988) in sociology at University of Mannheim.

Previously he held the Chair in Macrosociology at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim from 2004 until 2016. In Mannheim, he was Head of Department A (2005-2008 and 2015) and  Director (2008-2011) of the Mannheim Centre of European Social Research (MZES), where he led several research projects. Over twelve years (2010-22) he was co-PI of a project on “welfare state reforms from below” at the collaborative research centre Political Economy of Reform (SFB 884). From 2006 to 2009 he was Academic Director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social & Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). Most recently he was Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg (2013-2016).

His major research fields are comparative analyses of welfare states, labour relations, and labour markets in Europe and other OECD countries.

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